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Friday, June 27, 2014

Fearful Buddy

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Our sweet and adorable lab, Buddy, is ridiculously scared of seemingly everything. A rain storm, train whistle, and even the weekly garbage trucks are enough to send him into fits of shaking, hiding, or attempts at running away.

I can understand the shaking and hiding, but the running away has always puzzled me. Why would he seek to run away from the safety of our home and out into the open where the scary noises or threatening weather is?

Buddy’s escape plans are widely varied. He has darted out of the front door, jumped over our fence, gotten under the van, and has been retrieved from numerous neighbors. Most recently, my husband found him two streets over in the back of a stranger’s truck. However, his craziest, and most annoying tactic is when he hides under the shed in our back yard. Dozens of times, I have been out in the rain, trying to coax him out from under the shed. The scary thing is that this particular hiding spot fills up with water quickly. I am always afraid he will get stuck and drown. When he gets scared, why won’t Buddy stay where he is safe and loved?

More importantly, why won’t we? Don’t we do the same things? Don’t we sometimes make hasty decisions in the height of fright? Ironically, fear can make us do things that put us in more danger. Often, the measures we take are fear-driven and not healthy; therefore they are risky. We may effectively protect ourselves from one scary area or event; but in so doing, we can open wide the floodgates to another.

So, what can do we do when fear comes knocking? Instead of creating our own escape plans, which are sure to fail, we should trust our Master and the shelter he provides for us. The situation may continue to seem scary at times and we will occasionally hear threatening noises; however, with God we are secure. Psalm 46:1-2 declares, “God is our refuge and strength, and ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”

Though our world may truly feel as though it is crumbling beneath our feet, this is not the time to run, it is the time to cling to our God. He is our refuge and strong tower. The Lord is worthy of your trust. Lean into him and trust him with the results. When you find yourself frightened, surrender your fear to him. You will become less fearful, less often. Fear is your foe and God can extinguish it completely.

What things in life are you trying to escape from due to fear and uncertainty?

What is God saying to you about these situations?

The Bible tells us 365 times not to fear. An author willing to repeat something that many times is bound to mean it! 

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For more about Relevant Women -

The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry

At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 

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